|Past SpecialEd Commissioners (2010-2012)|
All information provided in this page was accurate during the time of service 2010-2012. Please note that commissioners' biographical notes will have changed since.
The commission comprises six members and three working party members.
*commission Chair. All following commissioners are presented in alphabetical order.
United States of America
Alice-Ann Darrow, Irvin Cooper Professor of Music Therapy and Music Education, came to Florida State University in 2003 from The University of Kansas. She received her BM, BME, MM, and PhD degrees at Florida State University, and taught in music programs for students with and without disabilities in Miami, Florida before going to the University of Kansas. Her teaching and research interests are teaching music to special populations, nonverbal communication in the classroom, and the role of music in deaf culture. Related to these topics, she has been the recipient of over twenty federal, university, or corporate grants, and published numerous monographs, research articles, and book chapters. She is editor of the text, Introduction to Approaches in Music Therapy, and co-author of Music in Special Education. Darrow presently serves on the editorial boards of the Bulletin for the Council on Research in Music Education, Music Therapy Perspectives and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. She has been the recipient of: the Ella Scoble Opperman Faculty Citation award from the FSU College of Music, research and clinical practice awards from the American Music Therapy Association; and while at The University of Kansas, the University's Silver Anniversary Teaching Award, an Intrauniversity Professorship in special education and hearing science, and membership in the KU Women's Hall of Fame.
Helen Farrell has taught in special education settings in Victoria since 1985. She initiated and developed opportunities in the use of ICT in The Arts Key Learning Area for students with disabilities and impairments. Helen is the immediate past Chairperson of the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Society for Music Education. She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the national journal Victorian Journal of Music Education (VJME) and recently appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of the international journal Music Educators’ Journal (MEJ) (2009-2012). She is very humbled to have been appointed as Commissioner of the Music in Special Education, Music Therapy and Music Medicine Special Interest Group of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) for 2008–10. In her "spare time" (she makes time), Helen sings in a leading high-profile choir in the Anglican (Episcopal) Diocese of Melbourne.
Liza Lee, EdD, is Associate Professor in the department of early childhood development and education at Chaoyang University of Technology in Taichung, Taiwan. She serves as Consultant for the Center for the Study of Music and Culture at the New York Institute for Social Research and is a graduate of Teacher's College, Columbia University where she received her doctoral degree in music and music education. She is author of an innovative curriculum developed in the United States that draws on music, culture, and cognitive developmental psychology to teach preschool children the foundations of Chinese and English, using foundational sights, sounds, and musical tunes from both Chinese and Western cultures. Dr. Lee conducts research in both early childhood music education and music therapy in the treatment of special needs children.
United States of America
Kimberly McCord is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Undergraduate Music Education ay Illinois State University in the US. She teaches courses in Elementary General Music, Integrated Arts, Curriculum, Women in Music, Black Music and Music for the Exceptional Child. Previously she taught music and special education in the Denver Public Schools for ten years. Her books include Strategies for Teaching Technology, Chop Monster, Jr. and chapters in Music Experience in Our Lives, and The Jazz Educators Resource Guide and Handbook. McCord recently guest edited a special focus issue for the Music Educators Journal on Children with Disabilities in Music. Her articles have been published in the Bulletin for the Council for Research in Music Education, International Society for Music Education (ISME) Commission on Music in Special Education, Music Therapy and Music Medicine Journal, General Music Today, Jazz Educators Journal, Orff Echo, Illinois Music Educators Journal, Connecticut Music Educators Journal and Journal of Technology in Music Learning. She is the past chair of the ISME Commission on Music in Special Education, Music Therapy and Music Medicine and is the current chair of the MENC Special Research Interest Group on Children with Disabilities. She has held leadership positions with the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE), National Association for Music Education (MENC), Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA), Connecticut Music Educators Association and the International Society for Music Education (ISME). She has presented at conferences in Italy, Spain, Malaysia, Norway, Finland, and Canada and thirty-three states. McCord has worked on jazz projects for the Smithsonian Institute, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. She frequently presents workshops for teachers on teaching jazz and students with disabilities. McCord recently completed a two-year teaching artist residency in jazz for students with severe physical disabilities at the Henry Viscardi School in Long Island, New York. Her many honors include National Endowment grants, the IAJE Education Award and a recent teaching grant to introduce ISU students to teaching music in the Chicago Public Schools.
United States of America
Dr Lyn Schraer-Joiner is Music Education Coordinator and Assistant Professor for Kean University. She received her Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received her MM in flute performance and music education, from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, and a BM in music Education from SUNY Fredonia, NY. Her research interests include the musical rehabilitation of adult cochlear implant recipients as well as the musical responsiveness of prelingually deafened children, ages 2-4, implanted with the cochlear prosthesis. Dr Schraer's research findings have been presented on both the national and international levels and published in the Hearing Journal, The Music Educators Journal, Early Childhood Development and Care, the MENC publication "Spotlight on Making Music with Special Learners", The North Carolina Music Educator, and In Transition: The Journal of the New York State Middle School Association. She also serves on the editorial board for the Music Educators Journal. Dr Schraer taught instrumental, vocal, and general music, grades K-12 in the public schools of New York for five years and has taught on the undergraduate level for 12 years.
Lieselotte van Leeuwen
Lieselotte van Leeuwen is senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sunderland, UK. She combines research in the development of perception and action with the design of toys and tools for children with disabilities and the elderly. Goal of her work is to find ways to facilitate expression and exploration by designing for abilities rather than compensating for disability. She also worked on methods for active involvement of children in the design process of products for them. Projects were financed by the IST initiative of the European Union, the Linbury Trust in the UK and through consultancy work for industry.